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Alexander Hardy

Alexander Hardy

Hardy was vacationing in Europe when he noticed the advancements being made there in automobiles. Hardy realized the auto's potential in America, but was unable to convince Flint's carriage makers to turn to automobile production. On his own, Hardy founded the Flint Automobile Company in 1901.

Hardy's company, located at 100 Mill Street, employed six men and produced just 52 autos before the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers sued, claiming patent infringement. Hardy closed his business rather than fight the lawsuit.


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Posted By: Ray Gurganus

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Updated: 7-12-2020